By SUZANNE SCRUGGS
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 28, 2001
The Tampa Bay-Central Florida Chapter of the Association For Corporate Growth will hold a dinner meeting March 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Westshore, 6200 Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa. The guest speaker will be Clifford Gross, chief executive officer and Chairman of Utek Corp. The topic of discussion will be "The Utek Story." The cost is $35 ACG members, $50 non-members. Call (813) 969-1444.
The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will host a luncheon April 2 at 12 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center. The Association will be honoring Florida's Congressional Delegation by securing four new judgeships for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The featured guests will be Senators Bob Graham, Connie Mack and Bill Nelson. The cost is $25. Call (813) 229-1118.
The law firm of Carlton Fields announces that Edward J. Kuchinski and Brian F. Stayton have joined the firm as shareholders. Kuchinski is a member of the firm's products and toxic tort liability practice group, concentrating in medical device, medical malpractice and products liability litigation. Stayton has practiced general commercial and construction litigation in state and federal courts for 10 years. His area of practice includes the representation of developers, creditors, manufacturers, engineers, architects, banks and contractors in all phases of litigation and dispute resolution.
Audio Visual Innovations has been awarded the design/build contract for audiovisual systems integration for the Pinellas County Housing Association Commission Chambers. The project is scheduled for completion in May 2001.
Long Bay Communications, a Tampa based Internet design firm, has won the contract to provide Internet design and hosting services to the Belgian-American Chamber of Commerce in the U.S., based in New York, with chapters in Atlanta and Belgium. The Belgian-American Chamber joins a long list of international associations hosted by Long Bay Communications and managed and owned by Paul Willies, former Publisher of Hyde Park Metro, previous executive director of the British-American Chamber of Commerce in Tampa.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Tedder has been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons during ceremonies at the Academy's 68th annual meeting in San Francisco. He is a board-certified specialist in orthopaedics, arthroscopy, and sports medicine. Tedder has his own practice, Bay Sports Orthopaedic Specialists, with offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg and New Port Richey. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina.
The Tzell Travel Group announces the addition of its newest branch, Travels Unlimited in Tampa. Travels Unlimited, founded in 1975, specializes in corporate travel and maintains leisure and cruise divisions.
Tilden Lobnitz Cooper has named Kevin D. Keiter, P.E., and James R. White co-directors of the firm's Tampa division. Keiter has been with the firm for more than 12 years. He recently served as senior mechanical engineer in Orlando's corporate-governmental division, where he designed the mechanical systems for more than 20 classrooms and administrative buildings at the University of Central Florida. White has 30 years of experience in mechanical engineering, and he has been with TLC for 22 years. Brenda Morawa is moving to the position of senior project engineer. She will continue to be a key player in the Tampa office with a renewed focus on project and client management, and mechanical engineering and design.
The law firm of Salem Saxon, P.A., announces several new hires: George Sheldon, former Deputy Attorney General for Central Florida, has joined the firm as its resident partner in Tampa and Tallahassee. Sheldon, who served in the Florida House of Representatives for eight years, will be working in the litigation and transactional practice areas. Susan K.S. Spurgeon and John B. Gibbons were also named partners. Spurgeon will concentrate her practice in the areas of eminent domain, real property litigation, agricultural law and environmental law. Gibbons specializes in the areas of commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions, probate and estate planning. David A. Szymanski has joined the firm as director of client and community relations. Szymanski was editor and director of AccessLife.com, a Web site for people with disabilities, and has worked as an editor and reporter at the Business Journal and the Tampa Tribune. Longtime partner and litigator Richard A. Nielsen recently became a Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge. He is based in the 13th Judicial Circuit.
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